Call for Positions Test
209 Nutrition Family Consumer Science Advisor (Southern Central Coast - San Luis Obispo & Santa Barbara Counties)
- Richard Enfield - Main Contact
- NFCS Advisor in SLO_SB Counties (docx), uploaded 05/18/2012 by Richard Enfield
This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.
HEAL-SLO, the San Luis Obispo County obesity coalition, used to benefit greatly when the NFCS position was filled. That dietitian was a valuable contributor to county obesity prevention efforts. We are highly supportive of this position and eagerly await it being filled again.
It would be wonderful for many reasons. The community will greatly benefit, the registered dietitians and dietetic interns. As a registered dietitian I found the seminars that were organized by the NFCS Advisor very informative. Also my dietetic interns did a rotation in with UC Cooperative Extension in SLO and Ventura. We had to eliminate that rotation since there was staff to work with them. Our emphasis is wellness promotion so it is a wonderful rotation for them.
As a program representative with UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program, there is a great need for NFCS advisor in SLO/SB counties. The expertise an advisor would offer will support the existing program and its growth. This position is imperative to the education needs for healthy lifestyles in our communities. Many collaborators are eager to work with Cooperative Extension and NFCS as well to better suit the needs of our community members.
A NFCS adviser in our county would be very beneficial to STRIDE, a research center that promotes healthy weight across the lifespan. Having someone in place dedicated to identifying and addressing well-documented issues on nutrition with a special emphasis on childhood obesity, would be a welcome partner in the work we do in obesity prevention.
The NFCS advisor position is critically needed to develop and strengthen the healthy families and communities in the Central Coast (San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties). The central coast is somewhat geographically isolated from other parts of the state, making it difficult for advisors from other counties to provide regular assistance. Santa Barbara has one of the highest food insecurity rates in the state (ranked 47th). Linking agriculture to nutrition is referenced in ANR’s Vision 2025. Having a NFCS advisor will help to foster stronger partnerships with agriculture, UC research and those we are serving in the communities. As the director of UC CalFresh, a NFCS advisor in this region is critical. For UC CalFresh SLO/SB is working with over 175 teachers 12 partnering agencies and served about 6500 youth and adults last year. Having academic leadership in this area will allow the program to expand into conducting stronger evaluation and research within the existing program and create stronger linkages to the other academics in nutrition.
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